building a personal greenhouse
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building a personal greenhouse

It has always been a dream of mine to have a greenhouse that I could use to grow my own produce during the winter. I love garden fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupes and a variety of other produce and it made me sad when I had to quit gardening for the season. I decided that it was time for me to invest in having a greenhouse built in my backyard so that I could continue to grow throughout the entire year. Learn all about the selection of the glass and how it needs to be cared for right here on my blog.


building a personal greenhouse

Pros And Cons Of Installing A Picture Window

Lee Moerman

Picture windows are large windows that are stationary and are typically designed to be inoperable. This means that they cannot be opened. These windows are usually used to frame a beautiful view such as one of a nearby garden, woodland, or even a cityscape. Because they don't have to be opened, these windows can come in larger sizes than regular windows.

Because of how these windows are, homeowners will find that they present an array of advantages and disadvantages. These have to be considered when you're deciding on the type of window to install.

Advantages of Picture Windows

There are several advantages of having picture windows including:

  • Better Lighting: The simplicity of these windows allows them to be larger than other windows. This means you can enjoy more natural light during the day.

  • Energy Efficiency: Picture windows are typically tightly sealed around the edges. This means there are fewer gaps that can allow air in or out. If the glass is covered with other energy-saving features, these windows can be very energy efficient especially when installed by a professional window installation service.

  • Maintenance: Cleaning these windows is much easier since they have no moving parts.

  • Cost: There are no mechanical parts in these windows, and this makes them cheaper than similar sized regular windows.

Disadvantages of Picture Windows

There are also a few disadvantages of installing picture windows. These include:

  • Ventilation: Picture windows are not useful when you need a room properly ventilated. If there are no other windows in the room, you may have a problem.

  • Risk of damage: The greater surface area of the glass means that there might be a higher risk of damage under certain circumstances. If you are going to invest in a large window, consider impact resistant windows that will hold up to the elements.

  • Maintenance: Although cleaning picture windows is simple and easy from the inside, cleaning them from the outside might be much harder if they're located on an upper floor.

The Verdict

It's impossible to simply state that picture windows are either entirely suitable or unsuitable. At the end of the day, you have to weigh all the various factors and decide if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

If you insist on having a picture window, you'll be glad to know that some of the disadvantages can be minimized. For example, if you have more than one window for a room, you can still have adequate ventilation even if one of the windows is a picture window. Installing these windows only on lower floors can ensure that they're just as easy to clean from the outside.